BBC pundit Garth Crooks praises reliable Harry Kane, after slating Lloris last week

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Tottenham coasted past Aston Villa with a 2-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham can rely on Harry Kane in any situation, having criticised Hugo Lloris last week.

Spurs picked up a vital 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, as Kane's brace at Villa Park put Tottenham to back within two points of league leaders Leicester City.

Kane's goal tally for the season now stands at 22 in all competitions after his strikes against Villa, as he continues to prove himself as one of English football's deadliest strikers.

Many pundits felt that Kane, who hit 31 goals last season, would struggle in his second full season in the Spurs first team, but that certainly hasn't been the case with some exceptional displays this term.

The 22-year-old has become one of Mauricio Pochettino's most dependable players at White Hart Lane, and former Spurs striker and current pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that the thinks Kane is the one player Tottenham can rely on.

Crooks made the comments after coming in for some criticism from Spurs fans, having told BBC Sport last week that he thinks goalkeeper Hugo Lloris struggles in big games, and was to blame for Tottenham only drawing 2-2 with Arsenal earlier this month.

Spurs fans understandably defended their superb French goalkeeper, but Crooks maintains that Lloris only performs in small games, as he did against Villa on Sunday.

"I'm told that Spurs fans got upset with me via social media last week when I maintained that Hugo Lloris struggles in big games. Well, true to form, he was outstanding against Aston Villa and I'm not surprised," said Crooks. "However, there is one player Spurs can rely on in any game and that's Harry Kane. The striker simply blew Villa away after his side suffered a heavy defeat in the Europa League in Dortmund in midweek."

"Nevertheless, with the assistance of Dele Alli, Tottenham have recovered. I noticed that Gary Lineker insists that Kane and Alli are 'musts' for the England starting XI come the European Championships - but at whose expense Gary? That's what Roy Hodgson is going to have to consider," he added.

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